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OMG! Rendered Merch is Here!

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Rendered T-shirts, tote bags, and buttons are now available in the MaxFun store!
Why don't you head over there and treat yourself to something nice?




Judge John Hodgman Episode 208: Sunrise Upset

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Guests: 
Jean Grae

This week, Cara brings the case against her husband, Colin. Colin began setting an alarm to rise with the sun each day. He says it's not only useful, but that he enjoys feeling synced with the natural world.

Cara says the sunrise alarm is impractical and is just Colin's latest "New Thing".

Should Colin continue rising with the sun? Only one man can decide.

This week, guest starring Bailiff Jean Grae! For more Jean, check out her Bandcamp OR if you're in NYC, go see her this Friday, May 1st at Jean Grae's Mayday Melee at The Bell House in Brooklyn!

Lisa Harris named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Lisa!

VIEW THE EVIDENCE FOR THIS CASE
SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST in ITUNES or the RSS FEED

EVIDENCE

FROM CARA

Exhibit A:
A chart showing the variances in sunrise between Taipei (where they currently live) and Boston (where the couple will move in the near future).

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Interstellar! w/ Brandie Posey

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Guests: 
Brandie Posey

Buddies! It's been so long since the last time we saw you! Only a week you say? Well, it feels WAAAAAAAAY longer. Maybe you were close to some sort of quantum singularity? We learned from Interstellar that that kind of thing can really screw with you, relativity-ly speaking! Also, why can't we all be a little more like Matthew McConaughey? Joining us this week is the wonderful and wonderfully hilarious Brandie Posey from MaximumFun.org own "Lady to Lady"!

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Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

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Sawbones: Polio

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Show: 
Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the light and dark side of swimming pools as they present the thrilling tale of humanity's triumph over polio.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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RISK! #631: Brain Matter

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Winter Tashlin, Amy Salloway and Kevin Allison share stories of neurological weirdness.
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Amy Salloway
Guests: 
Winter Tashlin
Guests: 
Kevin Allison
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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Kumail Nanjiani & Willie Colon

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New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK'S EPISODE


Photo by Jesse Thorn

Kumail Nanjiani on Identity, Comedy, and Working with Mike Judge

When Kumail Nanjiani was a boy growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, he absorbed a lot of American culture. He loved Ghostbusters and Gremlins. He read MAD Magazine. And he knew that someday, he'd move to the U.S. What he never imagined is that he'd become a comedian.

His first exposure to stand up comedy was a Jerry Seinfeld HBO special, and a few short years later, Kumail was on stage himself. He's performed with The Second City, at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, and on numerous late night shows.

He also co-hosts a stand up showcase, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and stars in HBO's Silicon Valley.

Kumail talks to us about growing up Pakistani, choosing a distinctly American way of life, and creating comedy about things you love, rather than things you hate.

Kumail's Comedy Central stand up special, Beta Male, is available on CD+DVD and by direct download.

This cut of our interview includes the following segments:
Kumail Studies The Cheesecake Factory for "Portlandia"
Kumail on Mike Judge and the Butthead Voice

This interview originally aired in August 2013.

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Willie Colón: From Jam Sessions in the Bronx to International Salsa Superstar

When Willie Colón was a kid in the South Bronx, he and some his friends from the neighborhood would take their instruments and jam outside in the summers. His neighbors weren't too pleased, but they probably didn't know they had a budding talent in their midst. Willie went on to secure a record deal in his teens and then become a hugely influential musician and bandleader. His music is salsa: a blend of the Caribbean, Africa, South America and his native New York City.

His discography has now sold over thirty million records, and he's collaborated with legendary figures like Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades.

Willie joins us to talk about his early success, how he envisions salsa, and his work with Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz.

Willie is out on tour frequently; catch up with him on Twitter to find out where he'll be next.

This interview originally aired in April 2014.

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The Outshot: Michael Palin

Jesse explains why Michael Palin is everything good about British colonialism.

This segment originally aired in October 2013.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 371 - Kevin Banner

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Guests: 
Kevin Banner

Kevin Banner returns to talk train rage, theme parties, and Winnipeg convenience stores.

Download episode 371 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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Louis Peitzman/Jake Regal

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Louis Peitzman
Guests: 
Jake Regal

Hello Babies! Thank you for joining us once again! This week, Lisa says a tearful goodbye to a dear friend. Spoiler: It's Kim Kardashian. The geniuses discuss their plans for fun in the sun this summer! We're joined this week by Buzzfeed senior editor Louis Peitzman as we learn about the creepiness that is Reborn Dolls in our Wiki of the Week segment! Don't worry, Emily definitely goes in to her theories on alien reproduction and Louis leads us once again down the deep, dark path of Rumpology. Louis also tells us all about his love of horror movies, horrifying in-grown toe nails and his addiction to Simpsons Tapped Out. We're also joined by etiquette expert Jacob Jasmine who instructs us on certain concepts that we should let go of! We're throwing a party and you're invited!

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Louis Peitzman

Jake Regal

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 374: Birthday Ape with Bill Corbett

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Guests: 
Bill Corbett

Comedian and writer Bill Corbett joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's experience in a new Fatburger with a bar, the new Rifftrax live events, and prestige TV.

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MBMBaM 249: Toyota Bigraft

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Can any of us really be sure that we've ever actually been on a boat? Really do a deep dive into your own nautical memories, and realize the horrifying truth. Boats are a lie.

Suggested talking points: Blartwatch 2, Silent Lawnmowers, Fishgetter X, Montana Law, Cloud Peen, Cafe Arbando's, Dune Butt, House Reviews

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